GWANGJU, South Korea: Poomsae bets George Chua and Joah Lou Lopez failed to advance to the medal round of the 2015 Summer World University Games tae kwon do competitions on Tuesday at the Chosun University Gymnasium here.
The 17-year-old Chua scored 6.850 points on 3.75 precision and 2.60 accuracy to finish seventh in the men’s individual Pool A while Lopez got 6.450 points on 3.90 precision and 2.55 accuracy for 10th in the women’s individual Pool C.
Only the top 19 male players and 15 female jins were able to advance to the semifinals.
Chua and Allysa Elica Daileg hope to deliver in the mixed doubles event scheduled today.
In swimming, University of the Philippines tanker Joy Rodgers submitted two minutes and 56.51 seconds to place fourth in Heat 1 of the women’s 200m breaststroke at the Nambu University Aquatics Center.
Maria Harutjunjan of Estonia (2:40.40), Larismar Arcila Rayes of Venezuela (2:50.10) and Tatiana Maria Segura Lemus of El Salvador (2:52.15) took the top three spots.
“It’s a great honor to represent our country in a world-class tournament like this. It’s like a dream come true seeing athletes from different parts of the world, making new friends. It’s really a once in a lifetime experience,” said the 19-year-old Rodgers, a Mechanical Engineering student.
Seven Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout are scheduled to fight in their respective events today with University of Santo Tomas’ Jux Keaton Solita leading the squad as he takes part in the grueling men’s 1,500m freestyle.
The other tankers are Casy Gumabong (men’s 200m backstroke), Maria Rudette Casidsid and Rosemary Occeno (women’s 200m freestyle), Jason Difuntorum (men’s 100m butterfly), Julian Ingrid Pupos (women’s 50m backstroke) and Chryserr Palomado (men’s 50m breaststroke).
“This is a good learning experience for them. Binibigyan namin sila ng exposure tulad nito para mas lumakas pa ang loob nila. Yung pride na nakalaban nila ang ilang world-class swimmers na tutularan nila,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“In few years time, isa na tayo sa medal contenders dito. Kailangan lang ng tuluy-tuloy na programa para sa swimmers lalo na sa mga batang may potensiyal. Tinututukan namin sila ng husto,” added Papa.
Host South Korea leads the medal board with 11 golds, nine silvers and nine bronzes followed by Japan (10-8-10), China (9-6-5), US (8-5-7), Russia (7-12-9), France (5-3-3), Italy (4-4-7), Ukraine (3-4-3), Great Britain (2-3-1) and Lithuania (2-1-1).